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-- >> mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney heads to colorado tomorrow where he will hold a rally and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown in denver. he went to church this morning outside boston but held no public events over the weekend. >>> in iraq, at least 30 people were killed today in a wave of bombings. sudden explosions hit in or near baghdad. it's the deadliest day in iraq in nearly a month. shiite muslim communities appear to be the targets of the attacks. >>> a pakistani girl accused of desicrating the koran. she was setup. >>> this is a desperate search for two little children in tennessee. everybody believed a 9-year-old girl and her 7-year-old brother were among those killed, but remains have not been found. police consider the kids not dead but missing, and more on that story coming up moments away. >>> and in texas, stranded drivers had to be rescued after flooding drenched parts of the state yesterday. get this. the past three days, yep, brought more rain than texas got all of last year when it suffere
other. that's how we -- >> and mr. obama will be on the road through wednesday's first presidential debate. mitt romney heads to colorado tomorrow, where he'll hold a rally, and continue his preparations for wednesday's showdown in denver. he went to church this morning outside boston, but held no public events over the weekend. >>> in iraq, at least 30 people were killed today in a wave of bombings. some explosions hit in or near baghdad. it is the deadliest day in iraq in nearly a month. shiite muslim communities appear to be the main targets of the attacks. >>> a christian pakistani girl accused of desecrating the koran is set to be cleared of all charges. tomorrow a juvenile court in pakistan is expected to uphold a police investigation that found the 14-year-old was not only innocent, she was framed by a muslim cleric in her hometown. the cleric now faces blasphemy charges of his own for tearing pages out of a koran to use as evidence against the child. >>> and this is the center of a desperate search for two little children in middle tennessee. a family home that burned down l
rehearsed candidate ever before a presidential debate. >> what is president obama's biggest strength, congressman? >> he's got that big smile. but other than that, look, he's a very charming person. there's a reason why he became the president of the united states. but it's going to be a good debate. >> what are you worried about, bill, the most as far as president obama is concerned? >> well, as you know, i worked for president obama for a long time. and i love the guy. but he does have this reputation for sometimes speaking in paragraphs and not in sound bites. in this kind of venue, sound bites are the thing that's important. so i think that any obama supporter who really loves the president is a little worried that maybe sometimes he may speak longer than the evening news and the morning news the next day is able to cover in full. >> as someone who's moderated four debates with him can testify to that. congressman, to you, what's the biggest weakness governor romney has. i've moderated four debates with him as well. >> there's so much material to attack the president on -- >> no.
. >> thanks so much in carraacasc venezuela. >>> hoping to build momentum following the presidential debat debates, president obama stumping in california, mitt romney also on the road after what many saw as a lackluster debate last week for the president in particular. he's hoping the new lower unemployment rate will give him a boost. the president is attending a fund-raiser in los angeles, and then he heads on to ohio. mitt romney in the meantime is spending the weekend in florida where yesterday he spent much of the day preparing for the next debate. it's a must-win state if he wants to capture the white house. >>> and, of course, you don't want to forget that the vice presidential debate is this thursday. joe biden and paul ryan squaring off. our cnn coverage begins at 7:00 eastern time. >>> all right. some news for your car out there. honda is recalling 268,000 crvs, its popular suv, model years 2002 to 2006. they say there's a faulty window stwich in the driver's side door, and if it gets wet it can start fire. no crashes or injuries have been reported but honda knows a four-switch f
about the presidential debate. for the first time mitt romney and president obama will meet face-to-face, in denver tonight. the questions are, what would you ask if had you an opportunity to pose a question to one of the candidates? what should you be watching for, both in content and in body language? who goes in with an advantage? who has a disadvantage? this morning we talked to the obama campaign deputy campaign manager, stephanie cutter is our guest, barbara come stostock wi join us as well and brett o'donnell will talk us through handicapping this debate, all happening at 7 a.m. eastern time when we kick off "starting point". >> excellent. >>> 46 minutes past the hour. must see video. we've been showing this to you all morning long. cameras mounted inside a plunging empty jetliner to capture the moment it captures to the ground. find out what was learned about seat location and your chances of survival. >> amazing. anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issue
the last presidential -- the first presidential debate. obama now at 45%, romney at 49%. that's a significant shift from before the debate when the president was ahead by eight points, 51% to 43%. but let's dig a little bit deeper right now. this question, all likely voters who were asked answered, obama doesn't know how to turn the economy around, do you agree or disagree? 54% said they agree with that. 44% they say disagree. that sounds like trouble for the president's reelection campaign. >> that does. that number -- first of all, the top-line numbers are surprising because i believe pew has been a pr pre-pro obama poll. pew's been pretty good for obama. the top-line numbers are really surprising. have to see if other polls show the same thing. but as you point out, that's the key number, the economy. how does obama get out of this box of voters being not happy with the economy? but up until now, willing to perhaps give him another chance. i'm surprised. i'm surprised the debate turned things around, if they indeed have, that quickly. obama has two more debates to turn thin
involving democratic presidential candidate barack obama. as you heard his warning about quiet riots? >> these quiet riots that take place every day, they happen when a sense of disconnect settles in and hope dissipates. >> is major violence really a threat in our cities, or is this just a scare tactic to win votes, particularly from black voters? lou dobbs, when he was working here, also covered that. the event in question was not a closed event. the media there wig big, big cameras. the daily caller is calling this exclusive and suggesting nobody covered this. how are the campaigns reacting to this? >> first, i think the important thing to say is, number one, they're saying that mainstream media effectively didn't cover some of the more controversial parts, if you will. >> that's you and me. >> that's right. so there are parts of this peach that actually didn't get a lot of coverage. still, i think it's also important to say the obama campaign is saying this is an attempt to distract from the negative attention romney got from the secret donor speech we were talking about and that
preparation for the presidential debate, president obama and mitt romney are going to see the first one right here on wednesday. that debate is coming. and you're going to see where they are in the process of preparing in just a moment. the debates and the election, of course, are serious. and that would be our first story. serious. until we discovered this video, stunning video shot from the helmet of a u.s. soldier, it seems like a video game. but this is not xbox which you're about to see. it is real. the pentagon is telling us it happened, it happened in afghanistan in april. afghanistan is a place we have not heard these candidates talk about much, have we? nothing from romney during the republican convention, very little from obama, especially at the u.n. this last week. the debates will likely be a different story because this weekend the death toll for americans in the war surpassed the 2000 mark. the soldier who made the helmet cam video suffered only minor wounds and has returned to duty. but it's amazing that he suffered only minor wounds when you see this incredible story. his fig
. >> president barack obama and governor mitt romney preparing to face off in their first presidential debate. >> and here in denver, the candidates know what happens on this debate stage certainly could help sway the election. >> a president struggling with a slow economy, hoping to boost confidence in his leadership. >> i'm not fighting to create democratic and republican jobs, i'm fighting to create american jobs. >> a challenger fighting in the poll es trying to connect with average americans. after months of attacks on the campaign trial, it's time for these candidates to confront each other face to face. >> we will win this election, we will finish what we started! >> i will do better than this president has done for the american people! >> in colorado tonight, barack obama and mitt romney in their first presidential debate. >> these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward. >> what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> two men with different vision on issues voters care about mos
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go way back. >> countdown to the presidential debate, 13 hours. president obama, governor mitt romney will face off at the university of denver. domestic policy and the economy will top the agenda. republicans are hoping that their candidate can shaek things up with a presidential performance because he's trail big three points in the cnn poll of polls. what should we be watching for this morning, dan? >> reporter: domestic policy will be the focus. that's the economy, health care reform, the role of government. it's a 90-minute debate. six segments, 15 minutes each. the first question, one main question per segment and then two minutes for the first answer. the rest of the time will be for discussion. two things we'll be watching for, potentially two liabilities for the candidates. president obama sometimes content to give very long-winded answers. you've heard the campaign talk about this. he will try to deliver very concise answers. for governor romney, if you've watched past debates, he will get agitated when his back is against the wall. his hands will flail. he may want to conta
, this video here from 2007, from the speech by then senator and presidential candidate barack obama. the daily collar dug up a full video of the speech, posting it online, calling it an exclusive, calling it obama's other race speech. joe johns, let me go to you there in washington. joe, to be crystal clear, there is absolutely nothing new about this speech, it is five years old. so my question to you, is -- why is this popping up now? why is this being trumpeted by so many conservative media outlets, of course, the timing on the eve of the first presidential debate? >> well, brooke, they say the entire tape of the entire speech has not been widely circulated. so that's why they put the exclusive label on it. timing is everything. it is a political year. could be a way to fire up conservatives at crunch time, also, as simple as maybe the daily caller somehow discovered this tape, but they had something exclusive, ran with it. either way, it is safe to say it is old news. the reason it gets attention from conservatives is there is a school of thought out there that says the president has deeply
obama and mitt romney are about to take the national stage for the first presidential debate and with only two days left to prepare both candidates are hunkering down right now while the political expectations game goes into overdrive. mitt romney is heading to colorado today. our national political correspondent jim acosta is traveling with him. jim? >> reporter: wolf, it is a pre-debate tradition. managing expectation just in case their candidate has an off night wednesday and both sides have another thing in common. they think media might be pulling for the other guy. >> governor, are you ready? >> ready for the debate? >> yes. i'm there. >> reporter: after a weekend of debate preparations, mitt romney was careful to avoid questions about his first matchup with president obama. but on a conference call with reporters, a top adviser revealed there's one subject romney is ready for. >> not to worry -- >> reporter: the comments that were caught on tape on the 47% of voters he said were dependent on government. >> we wouldn't be surprised, obviously, if that came up at the deb
twice. we'll get right to it. we're 32 hours away from the first presidential debate. president obama and mitt romney taking the stage at the university of denver in colorado. a live picture. this inside that will. where the two men will face off for the first time. lost at stake for both candidates. according to our latest poll which is an average of five national polls it is tight race among likely voters the president has 49%, mitt romney at 46%. now both men in past moments wished they could have a do over. we recall a heated exchange between hillary clinton and president obama back in 2008's debate in south carolina. >> while i was working on those streets watching those folks see their jobs shipped overseas you were a corporate lawyer sitting on the board of walmart. i was fighting these fights. i was fighting these fights. knives fighting against those ideas when you were practicing law and representing your contributor in his slum landlord business, in inner city chicago. >> so, wolf blitzer, joe johns myself had an opportunity to ask questions of the candidate in myrtle beach
mates think of last night's presidential debate? joe biden says president obama did a solid job presenting the democrats' message. >> if you just finished watching the debate like i did, i'm sure you're as proud of president obama as i am. you know, i've been saying for a long time, this election presents the starkest choice in my memory. i think the president did a wonderful job in making just how clear that is. >> nice of the vice president being in a dark room in a disclosed location. >> paul ryan agreed with those who say mitt romney was a big winner. he said mitt won this debate by articulating his positive vision for a better america and the specific solutions needed to achieve. that is interesting. one of the major critiques is he had no specific. >> and one issue they never touched is immigration. 20% of the population in colorado where last night's debate was held is latinos. they're more optimistic about the economy than nonlatino white voters. still, six in ten latinos say the economy is in poor shape. a separate poll found a majority of latinos think the economy is a
on the presidential debate. president obama or mitt romney even mentioned the fiscal cliff. they talked a lot about the economy and jobs. if i were a voter i would demand an answer on exactly how anyone wants any elected office in washington plans to prevent this insanity. >> it came up indirectly when jim lehrer in the republican primaries, raise your hand if you'll take a deal for $1 in tax increases you get $10 in spending cuts and none of the republicans took that deal. the president doesn't want to talk about this before the election because he has to look democrats in the eye if i cut a real deal it will cut some programs. governor romney knows if you still have a democratic senate roughly divided evenly congress the revenue question will be back on the table in some form. senator nunn has been gone from the town for a while and grateful for that. he used to serve in what they dauld world's most deliberative body. not so much any more. >> all of stay here. we got nor discuss. coming up winston churchill said you can always count on americans to do the right thing after they've tried everythin
. with two days to go until the first presidential debate, president obama and mitt romney will have the chance to press one another to answer questions that they themselves have been reluctant to answer. we'll run through some big ones, keeping them honest tonight. first, we've got some late polling. new cnn/orc numbers that show the race tightening. president obama still leads among likely voters 50% to 47% but that three-point gap is within the poll's margin of error. by comparison, just after the conventions, mr. obama got a four-point bounce to put him in the lead by six. the president's favorable rating meantime remains above the crucial 50% mark at 52%. mr. romney is close but still in negative territory at 49%. he enjoys an edge on handling the deficit and joblessness, but trails on virtually every other big issue, including medicare, taxes and foreign policy. keeping them honest, when it comes to some of those issues, both candidates have come up short either on specifics or credibility. issues like cutting taxes without ballooning the deficit or burdening the middle class.
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until president obama and mitt romney meet here for first presidential debate. it will actually only be the fourth time the two men have met face to face. this debate could be a game changer. >>> standing up to a bully, a tv anchor takes on a viewer who called her fat. see what she's saying this morning. >>> another drama filled day for american airlines. why the embattled carrier was forced to make not one, but two emergency landings. >>> from the queen of talk to a country princess, we'll tell you which hollywood ladies bring in the big bucks. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning to you. i'm carol costello. thank you so much for being with us this morning. all is quiet. the first presidential debate is set to take place in just about 11 hours. you know, looks almost serene here, but you can still -- you can see all the work that went into setting the stage for tonight's debate. when it comes to the things we remember most about these debates, it is all about the tiny little details. little things like remember ron paul's oversized suits or michele bachmann's military style dress
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and replacing obama care will real reforms. >> let's get to another presidential election. this one in south america and election day is today. that man has been in power for 13 years now. there's no limit to the number of terms a president can serve there. chavez, himself, made that rule. analyst say if anyone can unseat him, it's the man facing him today. it's after 9:00 p.m. polls were scheduled to close hours ago but they're still open. what's going on? >> reporter: a few are still open. if you are in any polling station anywhere in this country today you would know the lineups were huge, and it could be approaching 80%. for that reason, the electoral commission stayed true to word and continued to have the polls open. we are not sure if it will make a difference, though. we are getting word that they reached 80 to 95% of the votes are counted. >> what has energized voters so much, for people to wait in really long lines? >> reporter: traditionally venezuela has high turnouts, but beyond that, this is one of the closest and really contested elections in venezuelan history. and this young
election day. last week president obama and mitt romney squared off in the first presidential debate. well, they'll do number two on the 16th of this month. the number two, yes, the vice-presidential debate is this week on thursday and our athena jones takes a look at what to expect. >> reporter: then governor sarah palin wanking during the 2000 debate with presidential nominee joe biden. not just once but half a dozen times and senator dan quayle in 1978. >> i knew jab jack kennedy. jack kennedy was a friend of mine. senator, you're no jack kennedy. >> reporter: memorable moments but hardly game-changers. vice-presidential debates like this week's upcoming matchup between vice president biden and his gop challenger paul ryan are a different animal. >> you need to be able to see that each vice-presidential candidate has hit the standard of readiness, that they'll be ready in the event of a national crisis to step into the oval office and take the reins of presidency. beyond that, unless there's a star-killing or star-catching moment, it rarely changes the course of the debate. >> reporter:
didn't care for mitt romney, and last night president obama gave him, you know, some much needed life support. >> so -- >> you know what, it's not over. >> of course. no, no, it's not over at all. we have two more debates, and obviously a vice presidential debate as well. anna, romney actually talked a lot about jobs. he kept going back to had it. he was very, very focused here, and he accused the president of killing jobs. it didn't even matter what the subject was. he kept bringing it back to jobs. was there anything that you felt that the president needed to focus on, that he could have made more inroads? >> he needed to focus, period, suzanne. he just was unfocused. he wasn't quite there. you know, he -- why didn't he bring up all the -- why didn't he correct the things he felt he needed correcting? because he was slow-footed. why didn't he focus on one or two or three of his big achievements? because he was slow-footed. he just wasn't at the top of his game. i think mitt romney took advantage of that and, you know, we saw him even dominate the debate format and really just be hea
. i will control the costs in health care by repealing and replacing obama care with real reforms. >>> let's get to another presidential election. this one in south america. and election day is today. venezuela, where that man you're about to see, president hugo chavez has been in power for 13 years now. that's chavez voting today, trying for another term. there is no limit to the number of terms a president can serve there. chavez himself made that rule. but analysts say if anyone can unseat this president, it's the man facing him today. a 40-year-old governor. let's get to caracas right now. paula, it's after 9:00 p.m. polls were scheduled to close hours ago. but they're still open. what's going on? >> reporter: a few are still open. if you were in any polling station, you know the lineups were huge. the turnout could be approaching 80%. the electoral commission stayed true to word and allowed the polls to stay open. we're getting word that perhaps they reached critical mass. that means 80% to 90% of the votes have been counted. we expect results in the next hour or so, don. >>
terrible. that guy didn't show up. america met a guy with very calm, presidential temperament. as a matter of fact, snis interchange with president obama on a lot of things. >> including his anniversary. >> very comfortable in your living room as president. >> it will be interesting to see, because we all believe that governor romney had a good night. interesting to see what the poll numbers do. >> i expect them to, if not, we have a real problem. second thing, we should not forget this, he literally threw his whole tax plan your honor the bus. the -- as a followup. there is another debate, everything tomorrow, there is more shows, more everything, and i think the democrats are really, really going to jump on this. i never proposed any such thing. >> you're expecting team obama to go hard tomorrow. >> i think team obama knows what happened tonight. i don't think -- but i also think that this is the way this campaign works out. what happened tonight will play out clearly through the weekend to the next debate. so we should be a little -- little temperament in terms -- >> what do you think -
of denver, where last week's presidential debate was held, gives president obama a slight edge over mitt romney in colorado, a key swing state. 47% to 43%. paul steinhauser joins us live now. what do you make of all this? >> reporter: the new poll numbers. those are pretty much in line, john, with what we saw prior to the debate. other polls conducted in colorado, as you mentioned, a key battleground state, where the president had a slight edge, same story. this new university of denver poll. among independents, the president has a double-digit lead. when are we going to see more polls? you're going to see a bunch over the next 48 hours the next couple of days leading up to the vice presidential debate. a bunch of major organizations, including cnn, are in the field right now. in key battleground states and with national surveys, john. >> the president coming off of the heels of what many are considering a lackluster debate performance. even he was poking fun at it over the weekend at his hollywood fund-raiser. >> and everybody here, incredible professionals. they're such great friends.
debate you've ever seen where barack obama was outstyled. body language, mitt romney looked much more presidential and come out mitt romney and continue to strike contrasts say that we are not a government with a country, we're a country with a government and empower the people in every way possible and point out that, you know, americans have lost 40% of their net worth under this administration. as you pointed out earlier, gas prices are twice as high. we have acts of war on anniversaries of 9/11 with no response other than appointing the task force to understand whether it was a spontaneous task force. point these things out and do not play prevent defense or you will lose to barack obama. >> you can bet the president will come back on offense in the next debate, for sure. bernie thompson, thank you so much. i enjoyed listening to your radio show the other day, as well. >>> one of the nation's top ceos accuses the obama administration of cooking the books. we'll hear from the former head of ge, next. there's big news. presenting androgel 1.62%. both are used to treat men with low t
here. >>> the candidates are in full prep mode for tomorrow night's presidential debate with republican challenger mitt romney appearing at one final rally in denver. the city where he will be squaring off one-on-one for the first time with president obama. >> in my view, it's not so much winning and losing or even the people themselves, the president and myself. it's about something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america that we would choose. >> romney will, no doubt, be pressed by the president on the specifics of that pathway and with the candidates neck and neck in the most recent cnnorc poll, with the three-point lead falling within the margin of error. it's anybody's game. here to talk strategy is ryan lizza washington correspondent for the new yorker. nice to have you with us. >> nice to see you. >> to make sense of this. we've seen them trying to lowering the expectations. what can we expect? >> that's the sort of game. you talk about how your opponent is an incredible debater and you don't know anything. you
, in the last presidential campaign, debates were not president obama's strengths. in fact, he's a much better speechmaker than he is a debater. and don't forget, he hasn't debated an awful lot lately. when the president of the united states and you're in the oval office, people tend not to debate with you an awful lot. you live in the presidential bubble. he hasn't been on stage with other people challenging him. so in a way, he sort of has got to get used to this routine over and over again, where as mitt romney has been on a debate stage an awful lot of times. >> if i recall, you were in a lot of those debates, he's tough, he's no wallflower that mitt romney. what is his biggest challenge, though? going into wednesday? >> the biggest challenge, i think mitt romney has got to do a couple of things. they're at odds with each other. first thing goehe's got to do i take on president obama directly when it comes to policy. what he has to tell the voters is i've got a better plan for an economic recovery than the president. he has to challenge him directly. but, brooke, he has to do it in a way,
of the key swing states that could decide the outcome of the presidential race. it's ohio, and ohio carries 18 electoral votes. a court has now given the obama campaign a victory allowing voters to cast ballot on the final weekend before the election. the state has been a focus of the campaigns. there was even some name-dropping at the debate. >> i was in dayton, ohio, and a woman grabbed my arm and said i've been out of work since may, can you help me? >> so at the cleveland clinic, one of the best health care systems in the world, they actually provide great care cheaper than average, and the reason they do is because they do some smart things. >> let's bring in the republican assistant secretary of state for ohio. scott, good morning to you. first your reaction to yesterday's ruling? >> i think yesterday's ruling was -- it came at 3:00 yesterday. we haven't had time to talk about it at the office. i think it was something that was expected based on the draw that came from the court. the secretary of state has decided by monday morning he's going to be making a decision on which way to go
. >>> less than 24 hours from now, with the election five weeks away, president obama and mitt romney will face off. presidential debates can shift race. joining me now alan schroeder, a professor of the school of journalism in northeast university in boston. author of "presidential debates, 50 years of high-risk tv" and patrick mill sapz who served as chief of staff in newt gingrich's campaign. you say the pie is baloney line is one of his strongest hits during his campaign run against mitt romney. >> can be drop some of the pious baloney? you ran in '94 and lost. that's why you weren't serving in the senate for rick santorum. suddenly citizenship showed up in your mind, level with the american people. you have been running since the 1 990s. >> how much of those zingers are prethought out and what does mitt romney have to do to avoid taking a big hit tomorrow night? >> that was all newt. part of great thing about newt, he knew the topic, knew the weak points, but prepared to answer the question. if you can come up with pious baloney, that puts a cherry on top. if you googled baloney
%. many many ways this mirrors what happened to the presidential debate? everyone thought president obama would win, so there's great expectations here for ryan. how much of a microscope do you think there will be on him? >> i'm not so sure about that. i mean, i don't dispute your polling there, but i think most people understand that joe bayeden has been debating for a long time. i mean, since the early 1900s. he has been debating. >> he knows his stuff. >> right. i think what you see, though, in some of that polling is that some of the, you know, joe biden as of late put his foot in his mouth a few times in very public ways. he said that the middle class was crushed under, you know, the policies of obama and biden, and he said some things that were problematic. s however, paul is a smart guy. he has committed his life to understanding the problems of our economy, presenting a plan for the american people, so i think that paul is going to do -- going to do a great job, but i also think it's very important for people to understand, and i think people realize that joe biden is a gifted or
and renewed claims from both presidential candidates about what it means. first, president obama saying it is a very, very good sign. >> this morning, we found out that the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since i took office. >> the old rate, 8.1%. the new number, 7.8%. that's the best since barack obama took office and it's certainly positive news for his re-election hopes because no president has been re-elected with an unemployment rate above 8% since roosevelt in the 1830s. erin herself has made this point many times. >> the unemployment rate may be high, but the the absolute number is not what matters when it comes to getting re-elected. that's about to trend. every president running since world war ii has won when the rate was falling and lost when it was going up. best example, get ready. >> it's morning again in america. today, more men and women will go to work than ever before in our country's history. with interest rates at about half the record highs of 1980. >> yeah, you know what ad was for. that was ronald reagan, who won the election with a rate of 7.4%.
of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, democratic nominee, and former massachusetts governor, mitt romney, republican nominee. the debates are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates. tonight's 90 minutes will be about domestic issues and will follow a format designed by the commission. there will be six roughly 15-minute segments with two-minute answers for the first question, then open discussion for the remainder of each segment. thousands of people offered suggestions on segment subjects or questions, via the internet and other means, but i made the final selections, and for the record, they were not submitted for approval to the commission or the candidates. the segments as i announced in advance will be three on the economy, and one each on health care, the role of government, and governing. with an emphasis through out on differences, specifics, and choices. both candidates will also have two-minute closing statements. the audience here in the hall has promised to remain silent. no cheers, applause, boos, hisses, among other noisy, distracting thin
bird's network, pbs, of course. it's been four days since the election season's first presidential debate. four days of analysts breaking it down. practically word for word, and after all that talk consensus remains at, let's be honest, it was a night president obama wishes he could have back but there are no do-overs and there's a vice presidential debate to look forward to now. so let's talk. zeke granderson is here, a contributor and writer for espn, and anna is here in honor of big bird wearing big bird's colors, she's a republican strategist, of course, she's much prettier. not that you're not pretty, big bird, but okay. all right. there's big bird. there's anna. we are not making fun of you, yes, we are. i love you, anna. elze, let's be honest, president obama was off on wednesday. mitt romney had a particularly good night. did he have had v a good night or was the president off? i think mitt romney had a great night and the president was off. what happened? >> i think both. i think mitt came prepared. mitt was on fire. all he had to do and think about was this debate. and th
and spinning, with the first presidential debate now history, the verdict is in. a string of pundits agree, and so do observers and undecided voters we polled according to wolf blitzer's sources. so does president obama himself even. mitt romney had a very good night last night and president obama did not. here's the headline in denver, where the debate was held and where this morning the hometown paper scores it round one, romney. the left-leaning slate.com's john dickerson calling it the best moment of mitt romney's campaign. obama supporter andrew sullivan calls it the president's worst public performance bar none of his campaign. "time" magazine's joe kline asked did the president send out his body double tonight. critical reviews across the board. the consensus and also the political reality now staring team obama in the face. there is also no denying that no matter who wins or loses a given debate, each side immediately tries to convince you and us that their candidate came out ahead. there's even that designated spin room, the one in denver, and yes, they actually call it that, the
situation room." >>> we're down to just 35 days until the actual presidential election exactly five weeks from today. here's where the race may be decided. we're getting our first look inside the debate hall over at the university of denver. barack obama and mitt romney, they are getting ready to face-off tomorrow night. and as cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta discovered, it will be one of the very two times the two men have actually met in person. jim is joining us live from littleton, colorado. what's the latest on this particular score, jim? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you right now that ann romney is about to take the stage behind me. she's going to be holding an event here in littleton, colorado, in a few moments from now. she's been one of this campaign's most effective surrogates and been very busy doing just that while her husband, mitt romney, has been doing debate preparations just a short distance away in denver. it will be fascinating, wolf, to watch the body language between mitt romney and president obama tomorrow night when they meet face-to-face as
of the campaign. that cash could prove crucial, especially for ad buys in toss-up states like ohio, where obama rallied just yesterday. >>> and with one presidential debate behind them, mitt romney is already gearing up for the next face-off with president barack obama. mr. romney held a rally in virginia yesterday and today in florida, preparing for the next debate hosted by our own candy crowley. romney will also hold a rally in maryland tonight. >>> now to the new employment report. the labor department saying 114,000 jobs were created in september. and the unemployment rate fell, coming in at 7.8%. that's a drop of .3% from august. health care gave us the biggest boost in new jobs. transportation had a good month as well, with a 17,000 job gain. >> with only a month away now to the election, the big drop in unemployment has critics suggesting that the numbers may have been manipulated. we look at how the numbers are put together to find out if that's even possible. >> there are a couple things at play here. first, it's from 8.1% to 7.8%. i say forget it, erase it from your head. it doesn't
it was that mitt romney seemed to beat president obama by so much in their first presidential debate. body language can often be a key to victory. cnn's gary tuckman talked to an expert about what the candidates were saying when they weren't saying anything. >> in general, i felt that romney in the debate looked engaged and strong and assertive, but at moments, too aggressive and too agitated. obama looks glad it's over, relieved, he doesn't look victorious. romney looks happy and he looks relieved but you can tell he feels victorious. >> here's body language i'm giving you here. the candidates -- body language. what does that say? the candidate's facial expressions are also being analyzed. one expert using face reader software says there were measurable differences during the debate. >> romney was much more expressive than president obama was. in a sales term, obama can't close a sale. we're seeing that if he were to be more expressive, and express the emotion that his voters are feeling, his voters then would start rating him as more charismatic. >> wouldn't you say that expert had less expressio
to be there and obama didn't want to be there. >> the challenger, mitt romney seemed more presidential than the president, more in command of miss facts, gums, principles. >> that was the frustration wrchl was the president tonight. >> the other media exaggerating the extent of the president's loss and ignoring the candidate's half truths in the process. fox news hypes the conservative website video of barack obama as a rashlgly charged revelation. >> on the eve of the first prez denl chal debate the first bomb is about to d dropped for the 2012 presidential white house. >> it was covered at the time. a right wing commentators trying to portray their president as an angry black man. plus the other big debate, jon stewart versus bill o'reilly. >> income redistribution. do you believe in it? >> do you? >> no. i asked first. >> it's a complicated one. i believe in social security. do you? >> yes, absolutely. >> so we're both socialists. >> no, no. >> was this clash of titan television or was it shtick? i'm howard kurtz and this is "reliable sources." i knew the media were absolutely pummeling
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